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NL East Notes: Niese returns, Marlins make an interesting deal

The latest news from around the National League East.

MLB: Pittsburgh Pirates at New York Mets Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets brought in a bat, trading for Reds outfielder Jay Bruce. That wasn’t their only move however, as they brought in a familiar face. Left-handed pitcher Jon Niese was brought back in by the Mets, in a deal that sent Antonio Bastardo back to Pittsburgh.

Upon his exit last winter, when the Mets traded him for Neil Walker, Niese had some rather choice words about his former team, saying that he would appreciate the defense that the Pirates would play, a bit of a shot at the lackluster defense that plagued Niese in New York.

While very true, Niese might have upset some people and manager Terry Collins said that those things would be addressed.

More from around the National League East:

  • In one of the oddest moves in recent memory, the Marlins returned a player that they traded for just a few days ago. During Colin Rea’s first start as a member of Miami, he left with an injury. Feeling that they were sold a damaged/injured player, the Marlins worked out a deal to send him back to the Padres and in return receive one of the prospects from the original deal back.
  • They acquired Mark Melancon on Saturday, but that was it for the Nationals at the trade deadline.
  • It was all but sure that the Phillies would move starter Jeremy Hellickson, but he is still on their roster. That puts into play the qualifying offer for him this winter.
  • Another team that everybody thought would do something, the Braves, were also very quiet.

Standings ‘as of writing’:

Washington 62-44 — GB

Miami 57-49 5.0 GB

NY Mets 54-51 7.5 GB

Philadelphia 48-59 14.5 GB

Atlanta 37-68 24.5 GB